• Muskogee's Aaliyah Wilson picks Arkansas

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    With national powerhouse Baylor sitting there as an option, Muskogee guard Aaliyah Wilson chose a different path. Wilson signed her National Letter of Intent with Arkansas on Wednesday, choosing the Razorbacks with the idea of making them a powerhouse. “Not too many people expected me to pick this school, so that really made me want to go there even more so,” Wilson said. “What I really wanted to do was I wanted to go to a school and bring that program up to those schools like Baylor, Tennessee, UConn. Everybody’s used to those schools being in there, but nobody thinks about Arkansas and it being there. I really want to lead a team to that level.

  • Muskogee's Aaliyah Wilson to choose college Wednesday

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Muskogee star guard Aaliyah Wilson will announce her collegiate choice and sign a National Letter of Intent at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the school announced. Wilson was The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year last season after she averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Muskogee to a state runner-up finish. She was also named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Wilson is ranked No. 30 nationally and No. 5 at guard, according to ESPN’s 2016 Hoopgurlz rankings. According to the Tulsa World, she made official visits to Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, LSU and Rutgers. It’s possible she chooses from those schools, but she also held a total of 25 scholarship offers at one point.

  • Lexington's Tyler Brown flips commitment from TCU to OSU

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    LEXINGTON — Lexington offensive lineman Tyler Brown never lost sight of Oklahoma State, even after verbally committing to TCU on May 31. A lot of his friends attend school there and he remained in contact with OSU offensive line coach Greg Adkins. Late Monday night, Brown’s full attention turned to Stillwater when de-committed from TCU and verbally committed to OSU. “It’s closer to home and I like it, which I liked TCU as well but there’s something about OSU that never left,” Brown told The Oklahoman. “Once I committed, I still wanted OSU.” Brown is 6 foot 6 and 315 pounds. He is ranked No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s

  • Heritage Hall baseball player Roman Phansalkar commits to Arizona

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Heritage Hall junior infielder and pitcher Roman Phansalkar verbally committed to Arizona on Monday. Phansalkar tweeted his commitment. Heritage Hall coach Breck Draper confirmed it to The Oklahoman. Phansalkar pitched seven strong innings in the Class 3A state championship game in the spring to lead the Chargers to a 4-2 win over Adair. It was his second start in the three-day tournament. He finished the year with a 10-1 record and 1.20 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 64 innings. He also hit .352 with two home runs, 13 doubles and 35 RBIs. Phansalkar also had scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Wichita State, University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Air Force.

  • Oklahoma football: The curious case of Keshawn Harris

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Keshawn Harris is a junior college running back, currently on the roster at North Dakota State College of Science. And on Monday morning, he announced via Twitter that he’d committed to play at Oklahoma starting next season. He was inundated with congratulatory responses, including one from his Haynesville (La.) High School football team’s account. The news was surprising; why would Oklahoma recruit a junior college running back with sophomore Samaje Perine and redshirt freshman Joe Mixon on the roster? Also curious was the fact that none of the OU coaches followed Harris on Twitter. Then OU recruiting writers Josh McCuistion (SoonerScoop.com) and Bob Przybylo (SoonersIllustrated.

  • Oklahoma State offers Southmoore QB Casey Thompson

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    MOORE — A stellar season has landed Southmoore sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State. Thompson tweeted out the offer after an unofficial visit to Stillwater over the weekend. Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark confirmed the offer. “After a visit to Stillwater this weekend, I have an received an offer from OSU,” he tweeted. The scholarship offer is the fourth for the dual-threat quarterback. He has offers from Arkansas State, Oregon State and SMU. And there’s a big reason why. At 6 foot 1 and 185 pounds, he has a strong arm and is dangerously fast. This season, he’s led the SaberCats to a 7-1 record while accounting for 34 touchdowns.

  • Lawton MacArthur's T.J. Fiailoa invited to Polynesian All-American Bowl

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    Lawton MacArthur offensive lineman T.J. Fiailoa was invited to play in the annual Polynesian All-American Bowl game late Wednesday evening. The game is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2016, at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, Calif. Fiailoa said he has not accepted the invitation yet. “It means a lot,” Fiailoa said. “My family is proud and I’m just humbled to be recognized. It’s not one of those big bowls like Under Armour, but as a Samoan it means a lot.” Fiailoa is one of the top offensive linemen in the state. He holds scholarship offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. He’s ranked No. 27 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the

  • Edmond Santa Fe's Jo'Nah Johnson adds Arizona offer

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Oct 20, 2015

    Edmond Santa Fe junior point guard Jo’Nah Johnson added to her impressive list of scholarship offers when she received one from Arizona on Monday. Johnson also holds offers from Texas A&M, Kansas, Texas, Texas Tech, Stephen F. Austin and Tulsa. She confirmed the scholarship offer with a tweet from her Twitter account.

  • Idabel's K.J. Wells commits to Wyoming

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Oct 19, 2015

    One of the state’s top football prospects is off the board. Idabel’s K.J. Wells verbally committed to Wyoming on Sunday, announcing his decision on his Twitter page. Well it's official! I verbally committed to the university of Wyoming this morning

  • Oklahoma State men's hoops team gets first 2016 commitment

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    Thomas Dziagwa didn't need much convincing to commit to OSU basketball coach Travis Ford. Not much family discussion, either. “I guess when you know, you know,” said Dziagwa, a 6-foot-5 guard from Florida who gave the Cowboys his pledge following an official visit over the weekend. “I liked Oklahoma State a lot. They came in on a home visit. I went on the official visit and it was like everyone got along there. The atmosphere was great. “I knew I wanted to be an Oklahoma State Cowboy, so I committed.” Dziagwa becomes the first commitment in OSU's 2016 class. He chose the Cowboys over South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and others.

  • OU football: 4-star safety picks Sooners over Alabama, Texas

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    The son of former Oklahoma linebacker Reggie Barnes committed to the Sooners on Monday. Robert Barnes, a 2017 four-star safety from Southlake (Texas) Carroll, announced his commitment on Twitter. Barnes (6-foot-3, 189 pounds) is ranked No. 136 overall and No. 12 in the country at safety according to Rivals.com. He chose the Sooners over an offer list that includes Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Nebraska among others. Barnes is the second 2017 commit for OU, joining Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison. Reggie Barnes played for the Sooners from 1988-1992 and served as a captain his senior season. He played two seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1993) and Dallas

  • High school notebook: Luke Ring leads Duncan to upset win over Guthrie

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Duncan coach Craig Benson got more than he expected this offseason when he hired Glennis Ring as his defensive coordinator. Ring brought along his son Luke, whose big night Friday has already raised expectations for Duncan's season. Ring passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, including a 29-yard touchdown to Collin Klingensmith with 1:31 left for a 28-27 upset of No. 4 Guthrie. “Both of them equally have brought a lot to the table,” Benson said. “Glennis has added a mindset to not only our defense, but to our weight room. He's very good in both of those areas. That was the attraction to find a defensive coordinator to help build this program. “I hadn't seen his kid play.

  • Du'Vonta Lampkin released by Texas, eligible for OU football

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    The question with new OU football arrival Du'Vonta Lampkin was when Texas would release him from his letter of intent. That question was answered Thursday, as Lampkin's mother, Vanessa, broke the news that her son has been released from his letter of intent by the Longhorns. Lampkin signed with Texas in the Class of 2015, only to spurn the Longhorns and arrive on campus this fall in Norman. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound defensive tackle was originally an OU commitment before decommitting and signing with Texas in the Class of 2015.

  • Deer Creek's Joseph Winfield selected to national All-Star game

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Deer Creek defensive lineman Joseph Winfield was recently invited to the Senior All-Star Game at the National Underclassmen All-American Game in December. “It just means that all of my hard work has been paying off,” Winfield said. “I’ve just been trying to make sure my name is out there. Winfield, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive end, recorded 123 tackles and an interception last season as a junior for Deer Creek, which won the District 5A-2 championship. Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said Winfield has turned into a great leader for the team. “He’s got a really, really good heart,” Gower said. The game and combine is scheduled for Dec. 29-30 in Charleston, S.C.

  • Norman North's Trae Young on Nike Bahamas trip roster

    Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Norman North junior guard Trae Young is one of the most coveted basketball recruits in the country, and he's put himself among elite company once again. Young is one of 12 players on a Nike roster headed to the Bahamas for a training session Aug. 19-23 which will culminate with a game against the Bahamian National Team. Young is one of six Class of 2017 prospects on the list, which is comprised of some of the best juniors and seniors in the country. Young was offered by Kentucky this week , and has offers from Duke, OU, Oklahoma State and Kansas, among others.

  • John Marshall's Tramonda Moore, who lost a close friend just 4 months ago, has become a football star

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Tramonda Moore marvels about all that has happened this past year. He smiles about it. Chuckles about it. Shakes his head about it. But there are times that he nearly cries about it, too. On the day high schools all across the state began football practice, no one has changed more since this time last year. The massive left tackle from John Marshall went from an unknown to arguably the most sought-after recruit in Oklahoma. “Nowhere in the recruiting talk,” Moore said of where he was on the first day of practice a year ago. “Not being ranked.” Now? “The whole country knows about me,” he said. He didn’t say that in a boastful way. It was more a statement of awe, a plea not to pinch

  • OU football picks up safety commit Chanse Sylvie

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma picked up its seventh commitment for the 2016 class Thursday when Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy safety Chanse Sylvie committed to the Sooners. Sylvie announced his decision on Twitter. I will like to announce that after many prayers and restless night I have committed to the University of Oklahoma #OU pic.twitter.com/0v7x4luhSP — Chanse Sylvie (@ChanseSylvie) July 30, 2015 The three-star recruit according to Rivals.com chose the Sooners from a long list of offers that also included Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

  • Why 2016 quarterback Austin Kendall will star at OU

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Austin Kendall doesn't hit campus until 2016 for Oklahoma football, but the North Carolina native is already creating a buzz as the Sooners' next potential standout at quarterback. Bleacher Reports's Michael Felder has three reasons why Kendall will star at OU: Escapability, the ability to throw into tight windows and being able to throw a catchable ball. From Felder on Kendall's mobility: "He's not Trevor Knight. He's not going to run for 200 yards, but he does have the ability to get out of the pocket." Check out the B/R video here .

  • Super 30: How Edmond Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage transformed into state's top recruit

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    EDMOND — On a hot summer day two years ago, Cayman Bundage had his little brother broken and in tears, not in typical big brother fashion but as a mentor and workout partner. Bundage was back from his first season as an offensive lineman at Arizona. He was running two miles, but also dragging along Calvin Bundage, who was then about to enter his sophomore year as a short, pudgy baseball player who was turning away from football. “He’s crying,” Cayman Bundage said. “He said, ‘Man, I’m done. I ain’t running this,’ and then he ran inside.” It was that breaking point that led Calvin Bundage down a new path to prove people he could make it.

  • Edmond North’s Tre Evans decommits from OSU

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Evans, one of the state’s top basketball recruits in the upcoming senior class, announced on his Twitter page that he was no longer committed to the Cowboys, a school he once said fit his up-tempo style of play.